Crazy lines for mouthwatering New York food

Beyond cronuts

Katz’s Deli

Founded in 1888, Katz’s Deli is widely considered to be the best in the city, and the lines reflect it too. At its peak, you could be waiting 90 minutes to get a table, then there’s another line to pay once you’re done.

It’s also where several iconic movie scenes were shot, and the wait is worth it for a pastrami sandwich so good that you’ll… well… I’ll have what she’s having.

Dominique Ansel Bakery

You’ve come a long way pilgrim, but you’re finally here—you’ve reached the home of the cronut. It’s OK, you’re allowed to cry. I’m crying too.

But wait! To get your hands on the OG cronut you’ve got to line up for hours, and Dominique Ansel Bakery only sells about 300 a day, so you’ve got to get in early or you’ll definitely miss out. Still, the cronut wait seems like nothing when you learn it takes three days to make one. Three days! Totally worth it.

Lombardi’s pizza

What’s the big deal, eh? There’s pizza on every street corner in New York—why are we all lining up for this? Pizza is pizza! Right?


Wrong: Gaze upon the cheesy goodness before you. Take it all in, because what you see isn’t just a pizza, it’s the pizza. From the first pizzeria in the United States. It’s the pizza that made pizza what it is today. This isn’t just a pizza, it’s a cultural experience. Show some respect.

Dō Cookie Dough Confections

Trust me, the hottest food trend is cookie dough. No, I’m not making this up, it’s true! People will line up for hours to eat this special cookie dough which is guaranteed not to make you sick.

What? You didn’t know regular cookie dough has raw eggs in it? I bet you’ve been eating it out of those tubes you get at the supermarket. Ya nasty. Smarten up and stop gambling with your health for the sake of dessert—or line up. Besides, not only is this cookie dough the safest, it’s reportedly the best.


Reportedly the best ramen in the city—with a line to match. They’ve just opened two new locations but it looks like they’re just as popular.

No, they don’t take phone reservations, and no, they won’t let you order to go. The line can take over an hour, so this is far from fast food. But it’s so good, so filling and so worth it.

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